Fun, fun, fun as thousands enjoy Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2018. Keira Barnes, 6.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Keira Barnes, 6.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The sun may not have had his hat on at the Norfolk Showground but that did not worry the 5000-strong crowd which flocked to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association's fun and educational one-day show.

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

We had such an amazing day!

That was the overwhelming verdict from thousands of young showgoers after an another successful Spring Fling.

Spring Fling 2018. Hugo Craigen, 2.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Hugo Craigen, 2.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The sun may not have had his hat on at the Norfolk Showground but that did not worry the 5000-strong crowd which flocked to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association's fun and educational one-day show.

The 19th Spring Fling offered hands-on interaction and education on food, farming and discovery from 80 exhibitors including Mr Mawkins Farm, dog and sheep shows and a variety of vintage agricultural machinery.

Spring Fling 2018. Jacob Edwards, 3.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Jacob Edwards, 3.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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New this year was the emergency services village, where the East Anglian Air Ambulance offered tuition in CPR.

However, the foggy conditions meant a planned air ambulance helicopter landing was unable to take place.

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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Greg Smith, RNAA chief executive, said: 'Apart from the helicopter the weather did not effect the show one iota. It's gone very well.'

Ten-year-old Amber Mycroft from Downham Market said: 'I liked the horsies and the vehicles. It's our first time here.'

Spring Fling 2018. Rose Gray, 8, stroking Florence the Suffolk Punch.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Rose Gray, 8, stroking Florence the Suffolk Punch.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Amber's mum, Bee Mycroft, said: 'It's nice to have a hands on experience for the kids where you see activity and actually do something.'

The Spring Fling was first held in 2000 and was launched as a joint initiative with the EDP and the RNAA to encourage more understanding by children about food, farming and the countryside.

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Its primary aim is to educate three to seven year olds in the farming culture of Norfolk, and to re-connect children with where their food comes from.

But Steffan Griffiths, headmaster of Norwich School said: 'The event is just as important in educating the parents as the children.'

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

All of the exhibitors volunteered their time and resources.

Zoe Mitchell, a member of Norwich and District Goat Club was volunteering at a goat pen at the Fling.

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

She said: 'It's a big event for us, and very important in the goat calender.

'It's such a good event for children and we're hoping for some potential future goat-keepers.'

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018. Olivia Fuller, 10, with a chick.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Olivia Fuller, 10, with a chick.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018. Jacob Hazard, 8, with a Giant African Snail.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Jacob Hazard, 8, with a Giant African Snail.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018. Jacob Hazard, 8, with a Giant African Snail.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018. Jacob Hazard, 8, with a Giant African Snail.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Spring Fling 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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